BUSWORLD PHOTOGRAPHY

I AM CHRISTOPHER LEACH THE ARTIST. I started this blog so that I can share with everyone my vast collection of transport photographs showing a personal and nostalgic view of the industry with images that span some 45 years taking in the U.K and some of Europe. I have no darkroom and so rather than being the perfectionist after tidying them up I upload the images warts and all, and even those that won't scan squarely or are scratched. In a way it adds age and character. You are all free to download these for your personal use but please remember I still own them and you are not just free to use them without prior permission for any knd of publishing. Click on images to enlarge them and if you want to see more leave your comments or visit my website for the mother-site with galleries including those Buses & Girls: PICTUREWORLD

Friday, 23 June 2017

WMT. 2026 A Very Lucky Bus For Me

Last week I was looking forwards to getting home as it was hot and chemo tires me out. But waiting for my 54 bus home to Stafford turned out to be a long wait as I stood at the bus stop for the best part of an hour waiting for it. When I caught the next hourly bus I asked what had happened and he told me it had been taken off because someone had pissed on one of the seats. I was happy with that anyway and it turned out the driver knew who I was one of  my 'Flickr Followers' So it wasn't such a bad day and i got a few more photos including this yet another Wright bodied Volvo but two of these photos is never quite the same. This bus West Midlands 2026 of Wolverhampton was where my purse fell out of my handbag but I quickly reporting it to the Bus Station Inspectors who radioed through and luckily the the driver found it for me as someone was sitting on it and it was returned plus the one-hundred-quid and credit cards. Phew, oh yes I might have to go a bit slower at the moment but life is never boring.

Foxhound chasing a Fox by the Bull Ring in Birmingham?

Some might see the dissolution of the various NBC companies as a farewell or more as interesting. We all had our favorites and some I never liked like Eastern National, but when they make an effort it was nice to see operators like the former Leicester area of Midland Red, now titled Midland Fox using a bit of imagination with it's Foxhound coaches like Duple Laser bodied Tiger BPR 108Y which came with British Bus or had it by then become Drawline from Pilgrim Coaches of Southampton. It had been the coach arm of Hants and Dorset and former NBC vehicles were being scattered everywhere. Midland Fox,Foxhound and even Foc Cun might have been nice names but not much to do with buses unless one had run over one.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Havel Bus P-AV-945

Not surprisingly in the old East Germany they were suspicious of cameras, especially the older folk but I never had any problems. Reunification meant the writing was on the wall for the ubiquitous Ikarus fleet and they were quickly replaced by buses like this typical MAN artic. One thing we Brits have to get used to is the well used cycle lanes where people feel safe enough to travel with a helmet.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

HT DAB 2054 in Copenhagen

It must be an age thing but often when I visit a place it's the oldest buses that catch my eye and gain affection. These DAB Leylands were nicely rounded and some dated from 1964 with examples still in service in 1982 from 1967. However 2054 was one of the last examples of this family of similar buses dating from October 1972 which went as far as 2058. However some had a bit more time as thy were being repainted.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Linclon Roe bodied Atlantean AVL 278C

Lincoln Corporation had two small batches of four Atlanteans with the favored Roe bodywork for most types. The 'unripened' apple green green colour was a bit dreary but like many Municipal buses the hand painted local advertisments always added a touch of quality.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Stagecoach SN16 OTC in Liverpool

Our city centres are a lot more clean than they used to be especially without all that coal smoke. But probably vehicle exhausts are just as big a health hazard, I say plant more of those trees. From an enthusiasts point of view because Stagecoach run such a modern standardised fleet there isnothing worth chasing after unless of course Alexander-Dennis Enviro SN16 OTC No.15067 is about to be move down to Exeter. As you can see our Sundays are almost as busy as during the week with shoppers.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Western National Bristol VR AFJ 702T at Bretonside

For me bus nostalgia was for the pre-PTE and NBC era with by later standards smartly turned out vehicles. So I let most of Seventies with it's Leyland Nationals wash over me but I particularly enjoyed that 'Indian Summer' we had following Deregulation till the last of the good of British buses departed. One place I will miss is Plymouth Bretonside where there was to be enjoyed the Gardner whine from Bristol VR's with each one sounding slightly different whether singing along or just boomy and all accompanied by the squawking of the seagulls to give that cornish pasty a bit of seaside relish.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Islwyn East-Lancs Leyland Tiger C42 CKG at Cardiff

Obviously I picked the wrong time of the day to visit Cardiff Bus Station, better to get there first thing in the morning but it was a great place to take photos, so much variety and even in the Nineties. Many of the old operators I remember from the Sixties still called but most had changed both names and livery like this two-tone blue and white Islwyn East-Lancs bodied Tiger which in the old days would have been maroon like much of the other buses found here and run by West Mon which was more memorable to everyone except the 'locals'.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Mercian B607 OEH leaves for Nuneaton

Being winter an understandably grubby Midland Red North Duple bodied Leyland Tiger leaves the Birmingham Bull Rig Bus Station for Nuneaton. In the past Vehicle licensing  would have not issued B607 OEH as the letter 'O' could be mistaken for a zero, but now able to sell more desirable marques off to the public walk down any busy road and you will see what people have invented for themselves and some of these corrupted registrations can be quite amusing even though one wonders what the correct number is. But one has one government arm selling numbers off knowing they are going to be messed with and The Police and VOSA still able to prosecute for the offence.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Oranienburg OVG: I should have asked hich was best bus

When the Berlin Wall came down everything had to be modernised to bring it up to modern standards including public transport. Out went the legions of in truth quite reliable Ikarus buses to be replaced by more recent types from The West or as seen here at Oranienburg where OVG new modern stock like these MAN and Mercedes buses complete with an old Ikarus in the background. My only regret is I didn't ask that driver which was the best!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Some Might Miss The Delights of Communism

Even in East Germany there was a political elite who rode around in State paid for in shiny black Volvos and Mercedes-Benz cars whilst all around people believed how important they were. But for the rest it was a diet of Trabants, Wartborgs, and often military based buses like this school bus on the Unter der Linden close to the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Happy Days Former Western Welsh Leyland PD2/27 917 DBO

Still looking smart when photographed in Stafford was this former Western Welsh MCW bodied Leyland  PD2/27 one of twenty delivered in 1963. I imagine when they arrived they could have caused a stir amongst enthusiasts for apart from the Atlantean generally WW had stuck to Leylands for it's saloons and AEC for it's deckers. The 'cherished' number-plate went on to grace various Happy Days coaches and Leons who now own Happy Days might still well be using it.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Sightseeing Bus in Liverpool

The much hated chemo effects roll on for I might have remembered to take my camera with me to Liverpool last Sunday but I left the battery at home! But have no fear I still have some from last year I have not used up yet. The Plaxton bodied L-Reg bus of 2003 bus gives the show away as it once ran in London, but restrictive contracts mean that quite modern buses have to find new lives elsewhere like this one in Liverpool.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Devon General 3536; The Riviera Connection

Devon General had some Willowbrook bodied Leopards from Western National days and 3536 was painted in a special livery for the Riviera Connection and looked quite smart when pictured at Bretonside, in Plymouth in some Riviera Sunshine.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Bristol FLFCHY 419C pounds an uphill slog

I don't mind at all if some of my photos lack sharpness or polished quality as I feel we should be adventurous, and this Bristol FLF LH 7201 CHY 419C pounding it's way uphill creating clouds of exhaust smoke giving a hot dusty feel is brimming with atmosphere.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Runcorn Busway National2 at Warrington AFM 3W

I was never much of a fan of the original Leyland National especially in those rather drab NBC colours but I had quite a soft spot for the later Mark2 with it's more pleasing sounds and more of 'a bus feel'. Crosville had some including this example for the Runcorn Busway, but by the time the firm had been renamed North Western these by now quite elderly buses like this were doing more normal duties like this well patronised run to Warrington.

Penkridge Last Weeks of the 76

One thing that can be said about the Fifties and Sixties, apart from routine fleet replacement there seemed very little that changed in the bus world. It's a very different tale today as nothing seems to stay the same for long which is perhaps a good reson to take pictures of this fleeting history. Taken last summer not only was Arriva's 76 about to go so a year later the bus's Wednesfield garage would close too. This route had a long history as Midland Red introduced it in about 1968 when the long 196 Birmingham to Stafford service was cut back to Wolverhampton and the final section becoming single-deck OPO from Wolverhampton Garage as the 876. At Arriva standards vary greatly and one can take a pleasant smooth ride on similar Wright bodid VDL buses to this working from Cannock but Wednesfield had problems and buses often used to suffer from the smell of fuel leaks, vibration, and even catching fire but miraculously when I was aboard we always got there but some didn't.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Edelskov Ford Plaxton in Copehagen

When I grew up Britin seemed to dominate half of the world with it's bus exports now it's the other way around I'm afraid. But in he Eighties Ford nand Plaxton found a market for it's products in Denmark where they would have been quite cheap and ideal for the low speeds allowed and flat terrain. Edelskov was one of the local tour operators in Copenhagen.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Warrington Daimler Fleetline CRC 250J

Warrington was a keen buyer of good used buses from other Municipals like this Roe bodied Daimler Fleetline which came from Derby.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Copehagen: The Vikings Are Coming

From Sweden in Copenhagen was this Swedish visitor on a Travellers charter, a Scania operated by Viking in an attractive livery with a Viking boat on the side.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

West Midlands Metrobus BOK 8V Bound for Rubery

Memories of Birmingham with one of WM's first Metrobuses No.2008 bound for Rubery and fresh-faced schoolboys in the lunch-hour, I wonder what they are doing now.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Arriva FJ06 ZTG My Bus World is a mix of good and bad

Any slight feelings of nostalgia accepted I have to say I prefer many of today's buses to the Leyland National or more recently the Plaxton Pointer Dennis Dart. Yes I rather enjoy riding on Enviro 400 double-deckers, and Wright bodied VDL's like this one so no I don't feel I have to live in the bus past so much today but I did at one time. Many of Arriva's routes are a bit of a pain as they go all-around-the-Wrekin and one could cycle to Cannock in far less time than it takes the 60 as it is only seven miles away from here at Lichfield whereas 60 must mean sixty minutes.Arriva do try initiatives every so often to add extra faster services but when loadings are poor they just cut it whereas the more astute operators make stronger decisions and wait for the boardings to rise which happens wit time if it is reliable. However the problem with Arriva is they have too many managers who just come and go and all they really do is annoy the public as change is often for change sake before they move on. 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Rebodied Royal TigerWorldmaster 488 in Porto

Older bus types used to be a lot more rugged than today but as for bodywork that was a different matter as in the UK corrosion was a serious headache whilst in places lie Portugal with indifferent road surfaces and cobbled streets bodies shook to bits and buses like this Leyland Worldmaster were rebodied. As for the conductors on the Porto trolleybuses they had a lot more to do than just take fares!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Wilson of Carnwath C245 RSF Van-Hool Alizee

We all have differing tastes as to what looks smart and I rather liked this Van-Hool bodied Volvo B10M of Wilson's. I don't know which one despite te Scottish reg. but I'm rather partical to silver based liveries and I've a feeling the other colour was raspberry red. I've just looked it up and it was one of the biggest coach firms in Scotland based at Carnwath, Strathclyde. More recently with over forty vehicles (1986)  In 1963 Robert Wilson had just three coaches, a Commer, a Bedford and an Albion.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Wolverhampton: Not 2123 Again!

Not 2123 again! I'm not sure if I have more pictures of this one as it's not something I worry about as I don't 'bus spot' with my camera I just take pictures as it suits me, but many buses are on dedicated routes and find a favourite spot lke this example by Wolverhampton Bus Station and sure enough they come around and around again still tuse a bit of imagination and each one can be different.

Brown's In Horsham in 1969

The South.East corner of Britain seemed to unable to boast that many well known independents compared with other parts of the country. But of course there were a few quite well known ones even if not household names even amongst enthusiasts. One of the more interesting was Brown Motor Services which could be seen in Horsham like this Willowbrook bodied Albion Nimbus. Based at Forest Green in Surrey they only had three buses, one being a rare Rare Leyland Comet. Despite the name the livery was maroon and cream. Horsham was one of those interesting towns right on the border where various major bus companies met, and as well as Southdown the principal operator with a decent sized garage here, one could also see green London Transport buses and Aldershot and District.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

BVG Berlin 1182 on the 211 to Wannsee

As elsewhere as subsidies are cut and costs increase bus manufacturers realised there was no such thing as a 'free lunch' as traditional markets gave up local loyalties as they now strived to costs costs first. BVG of West Berlin had been reliant on mainly MAN and Mercedes buses since the war but that was all to change and the advent of a batch of Volvo buses started to add a bit of variety.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Trial Buses in Liverpool Including Olympian 0064 A316 GLV

Merseyside PTE like it's forerunner Liverpool Corporation was a keen user of the Leyland Atlantean but of course eventually it had to go out of production. The PTA was obviously undecided what to buy next so simultaneously  they bought a whole variety of trial  double-decker buses in small batches from Leyland, Dennis, MCW and Volvo. It was a bit of a waste of time as the days of the PTE's were already numbered with Deregulation in the offing. I always liked the Alexander R-Type body  as seen on Leyland Olympian 0064 but  as well as these five they had  another ten X-Reg buses with ECW bodies.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Havelbus Ikarus

So typical of the Eastern Block counties was the ubiquitous Hungarian built Ikarus bendi-bus. Very unsophisticated for both the operator and passenger they were got rid of as soon as the Iron Curtain countries opened up following Devolution in Germany. However once painted out of that orange colour into a more personable livery they seemed to become much less like a work horse and icon of a repressive Communist regime and now almost seemed quite friendly. I just wished I had ridden on a few more as they had a distinctive sound like this one with Havelbus based in the Brandenburg city of Potsdam just outsie Berlin..

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

I quite like Wolverhampton it feels a lot more cosmopolitan than Stafford; how sad is that lol. As elsewhere it seems a lot let interesting buswise than it used to be but it does afford some nice views like this one a green environment friendly  5415.

Newton's of Dingwall

An attractive visitor to Victoria Coach Station was this Plaxton 4000 bodied Volvo double-decker coach of Newon of Dingwall but as can be seen by the fleet number now part of the Scottish Bus Group with City Link in whose livery V212 was already operating at this time in 1986.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Bus Variety in Lichfield

Lichfield might be the next town but apart from Arriva they enjoy a totally different selection of buses and operators to Stafford. Double-deckers made a revival in my home town but they have become quite rare again so it was nice to picture an example of Midland Classic, whilst the Arrive Mercedes-Benz is another type we never see. Still it adds something to the day out.

Monday, 1 May 2017

New Month: A New BUS in Roskilde

When buses had a bit more chrome red paint and polished wheel-trims I was a bit of sucker for brand new ones. As it is the first of the month I thought I would add one and in this instance it is a Roskilde Turisttrafik DAB Leyland. These DAB's looked more like Leyland's than many Leylands did . I probably have not loved them so much in later years if I had to operate them but I was a Leyland fan till the end, it was just the sounds and the traditional image of zoo animals and of course big cats and badges. 

Friday, 28 April 2017

4552: I'm afraid Numbers just make me think of more numbers

This is National Express West Midland 4552 but when I see these buses I can't help thinking of the old Midland Red as the numbers mirror some of the fleet. 4552 was notable as it was the very last of a series of 200 D7's built in the mid-Fifties but it was not a bus that graced the bumpy Black Country streets as it was a sandiacre St. Leicester bus for much of it's life but it did later move on which included a spell at Digbeth. I'm sure I will rather miss these Alexander-Dennis 400's when they go as they are almost as familiar as the local Metrobuses were in the Wolverhampton area. Their numbers (forgive the pun) have been dented somewhat as Wright bodied Volvo single-deckers have made an impact. 4552 was seen on Wellington Road in Bilston. 

Parks of Hamilton in Copenhagen

A cyclist passes a pausing Van-Hool B10M of Parks in Copenhagen on a Global Tours contract. As you can see there was no health and safety paranoia here, indeed the cyclist doesn't even need to watch where he is going. Another Volvo this time of HT passes but as you can imagine they get used to errant cyclists.

A National Express Rapide Neoplan Leaves Chester C178 CET

Passing through Chester on the 532 was I expect a well worn SUT Neoplan. Today this service is certainly a long one going all the way from Edinburgh to Plymouth but unlike ths one it sticks to the M6 and does not call in at Chester. Those Crosville Olympians in M&D style green and cream lifts the spirits as does the Chester double decker. Indeed despite it just being mid-summer in perhaps 1990 it even looked as though the sun might come out.

Monday, 24 April 2017

B44 PJA: Is Fazakerley a bit of 'Scouser' for Exactly

Following Deregulation there was a lot of tit-for-tat rivalry even between the biggest operators much of it pointless. GM Buses of Manchester even set up a depot in Liverpool to do the extra work in the area as MTL buses plied their trade in Central Manchester as can be witnessed by this NC bodied Leyland Olympian with the depot code letter L on the front.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Red Arrow S443 GUW 443W at Victoria Station

London Buses had about 500 Leyland Nationals but they were not a familiar sight in Central London till a new fleet of Red Arrows arrived in the shape of the National2 who's lively engine roar culd be heard some distance away but I expect these lively buses were quite popular with the drivers.Ok i know someone will tell me different.

Monday, 17 April 2017

An Insight at Plymouth Bretonside: C151 SPB

Following Deregulation the marketing men went a bit mad with new names and liveries. I think they should have reinforced well-respected existing names like Green Line instead  for had I not been an enthusiast I would never have guessed this Berkhof bodied Leyland Tiger belonged to London Country. It was seen at Plymouth Bretonside bathed in bright light whilst alongside it was one of Wallace Arnold's oddities a Mercedes O608 with a Plaxton body. I guess this was very much a one off and must show how much the Scarborough bodybuilder must have valued this major customer. I imagine it was bought for the Torquay operation where a little coach like this was the ideal tool for squeezing down those Devon country lanes.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Ny Easter Quiz Question: The Answer

I asked if anyone could guess which BTC/Tilling operator with a seventeen bus allocation at one of it's depots found on my 1967 PSV News Sheet on every single bus had at least one number nine in it's registration. The answer was Southern National at Seaton.

696 EDV 559D
980 KUO 993
986 KUO 999
1341 LTA 997
1342 LTA 998
1343 LTA 999
1344 MOD 971
1607 LTA 976
1762 RTT 981
1847 LTA 957
1851 LTA 994
1877 RTT 996
1913 UOD 496
1914 UOD 497
1915 UOD 498
1945 VDV 779
2613 911 AUO

Word Play: Don't Call me "A Lag!"

No I didn't say anything but what looks like two sisters in Copenhagen look very disagreeable and don't look happy despite the sunshine of Copenhagen. With all the blinds pulled down it must have been quite warm on the Belgium Galexy bodied Renault here for the St Josef Fanfare.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Scrap Midland Red C3 at Sid Taylor's Snows Yard in Stafford

Based in a large old quarry with grand views from the edge of mainly condemned Birmingham City buses,  Bird of Stratford on Avon  was probably the best known of the more traditional muddy scrap yards in Britain before the Yorkshire lads elevated it onto an more industrial scale. But another significant one in the Midlands was here at Stafford where Sid Taylor was well placed to collect the scrap Midland Red buses from the Lichfield dump fifteen miles away. I picked up the old tax disk off 3977 the LA Prototype which had been lying in the dried muddy clay and now wished I had kept it despite being so faded it was hard to read. Probably more worthy of being saved would have been one of these Willowbrook bodied C3 coaches as I'm not sure any are in preservation which is a pity as Black and White of Cheltenham had similar bodies on some AEC and Guy's. But  I think one of the problems was the timber frames rotted away and even some of the BMMO's had been rebdied in 1962 by Plaxton to update the touring fleet for even though not too ugly did look dated.  Although I say it myself, not a bad photo for my very first camera an Ilford Sporty with no adjustments just a viewfinder with point and shoot

Berlin: Cities Change Too Much for My Liking

I'm lucky as I don't feel my age too much so far as ageing hasn't slowed me down to greatly apart from being on chemo at the moment of course. But the worst thing by far is how the world changes for innovation might excite us when we are young but somethings we wish would never change like my favorite buses and even the ordinary ones like this 1978 Berlin MAN double-decker on the Ku-damm in about 1982. I know it's sad but I don't really even want to go to a fantastic city like Berlin any more, but on the other hand you haven't met my brother who lives there and that puts most visitors off lol. The 19 was at the time perhaps the busiest route in the city as it went from end to end of this always busy thoroughfare and also short hop tickets were made available for shoppers so buses were always full. This one was not going all the way as it was garaged at Cicero str..

Thursday, 13 April 2017

A Post Card from London: Two Routemaster's at Victoria

I'm sure most tourists would prefer to see the famous sights of our Capital but for bus enthusiasts it is far more satisfying to see some nicely turned out buses like these two Routemasters at Victoria which I always regarded as perhaps the London bus and coach mecca. Despite these RM's looking very much the same and their registrations being so close together one thousand more Routemasters were delivered between them and it's quite hard even to imagine such huge bus types going to one operator in the UK today as LT had about 2800 RM's in total if you include the BEA fleet and it would seem at times most of them have been preserved as one will keep popping up in my travels!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

FEK 1F: GM Massey bodied Leyland PD2 in Wigan

It was no secret that both the earlier Leyland Atlantean and Daimler Fleetline were a load more troublesome than the old half-cabs they had come along to replace. In Lancashire many of the municipals tried to either order just a few of the rear engined buses preferring  to stick to the old order as happened at Wigan. Consequently when it was absorbed into Greater Manchester they inherited a fleet of often not too useful buses including the shorter PD2 like this Massey bodied example and no doubt they continued to work the same old routes but I'm sure the conductors enjoyed a stay of execution.

YJ65 EVX Minsterley Motors Optare in Shrewsbury

As a passenger I tend to find Optare products no worse than the others today, like them they seem to rattle like mad around the entrance area but are usually fairly warm and comfortable. But one of these of D&G turned up once on my service and the single seat behind the driver was cramped with a tall rail to inhibit movement and there was nowhere to put any shopping and one had to sit uncomfortably all cramped up. it was awful and it might have been a bit better but there was none of the usual luggage area on the front nearside wheel arch either. It's about time manufacturers did something to make doors fit properly they used to in the old days. Maybe they just skimp on cost but I would like to see more packing on the stanchions poles to stop them creaking and rattling too, bloody buses today they are just boxes bolted together, quick to build easy to scrap.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Darlington Daimler CCG5 and a Very Stroppy Traffic Copper

By the time I took this rather grand view of No.2 302 VHN all the other Darlington half-cab types had gone but these fine teak-framed Roe bodied Daimler CCG5 buses were worth the detour off the A1. The pavement steps no doubt built up in a stepped way was to keep the rain water and horse droppings off the skirts and footwear off the better heeled pedestrians but it helped me with my composition and in a way it reminded me of Chester. it was a memorable day for when an hour later I returned to my van a traffic policeman was waiting for me and thought I was a piss-taker for I had been stuck in traffic whilst right behind his car and peering down a side-street I spied a parking area. Little known to me was that to get to it I had to make a 'no right turn'. As i was already passed it I did not register the road sign and I told the aggrieved copper this but he still didn't believe me. Then I said I was a professional driver why should I blatantly break the law and risk my licence and he just said "Balls!"  After several attempts he couldn't make me admit to doing it deliberately and reluctantly went on his way. I had Stafford written on the side of my van so I was a stranger, why do these people always pick on us I always try to be courteous, it's the same with macho motorists who think one is some kind of ignorant moron when one has to change lines because they are lost especially in places where they tell you to get in lane first before where it  actually goes.

Someone might know the Answer: My Difficult Easter Quiz a real Gem

I could have just posted this amazing find for whilst going through my old PSV News Sheets typing out individual garage allocations i stumbled upon something worthy of Qi so I thought we could have a little fun with it.The remarkable thing is I had found a depot which housed seventeen buses and every single one had the number nine in it, indeed there were twenty-six number nine digits in the registration number but two lots of three buses were in sequence.I know buses moved from depot to depot so it might have not stayed like this for long but the chance of number nine appearing on all seventeen bus registrations is like getting all the no score draws on the football coupon stumbling into millions of quid. This one will no doubt only appeal to the older bus anoraks among us as the date was May 1967 and your only clue is it was one of the BTC/Tilling Group. I will post up the answer to my little mystery on Easter Sunday so lets see if anyone else knows which company and garage it was. 

Monday, 10 April 2017

Let's go on Bristol SULA4 278 KTA to Noss Mayo it sounds interesting

I seemed to move away from buses in about 1973 when everything seemed to get watered-down as a new much scruffy era engulfed everything except the more proud Independents as buses became just a utility. But I resurfaced largely to catch the last of the half-cabs and a few others I like such as the Bristol SULA4 and as you can see one of these was still at Plymouth in1980 as was the odd FLF. 278 KTA was leaving Western National Laura Garage to make a journey to the intriguingly invitingly sounding Noss Mayo.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Derby's Blue Bus Services Tiger A444 DTO at Blackpool

Following Deregulation much of the bus industry didn't really know which way it would all go and operators tended to hedge their bets with diversification like Derby who having bought out Blue Bus of Willington used that well respected name for a coach division. They always looked smart too like this Plaxton Paramount 3500 bodied Leyland Tiger seen at Blackpool.